So, it appears that you have finally moved into your new place. Unfortunately, now is not the time for you to relax on your sofa. There are many things you need to do and pay attention to when you move into a new house. In addition to ensuring that your home is safe and secure for residence, you should also see to it that the appliances in your home are fully functional. Without straying away from the topic any further, here are 5 things you should do as soon as you move in.
- Get rid of old switch plates and other devices
Old homes usually have dirty, mismatched outlets, and discolored cover plates. If you want uniformity in your home and make your home feel new, you should install new switch plates and other devices. You will only need a small screwdriver to switch out a cover plate. However, you should be careful when replacing electrical devices; it is better to hire professional help when doing so.
- Replace the filters and get the appliances serviced
Homes have plenty of filters. And, chances are that your new home has plenty of filters too. However, it is advisable for you to replace the filters. We would suggest you to replace the aeration filters in your home, the air filter in the air conditioning and heating unit, and the vent filter placed above the stove. You should also check the dryer vent to ensure that it isn’t clogged. You wouldn’t want your important appliances such as heating and cooling systems to stop working when you need them the most now, would you? Therefore, it is essential for you to get all the appliances in your home serviced.
- Get your locks changed
Who knows how many people have the keys to your home? Therefore, if you want to be secure, you should hire a locksmith to install new locks in your home. Instead of just rekeying the locks, we would suggest you to replace the hardware as well. You get a nice update, plus peace of mind. You should never compromise on your safety.
- Clean the house thoroughly
We think that it is of paramount importance for you to give your new space a thorough cleaning. It is easier to clean a house when it is empty. It is difficult to clean your home after it is filled with your stuff. So, why shouldn’t you use this to your benefit? We would advise you to wash windows, steam-clean carpets, vacuum the floors and do everything possible to remove any traces left behind by the family before you.
- Change your address
If you want to continue receiving your monthly mails, bi-monthly subscriptions such as magazines, booklets etc., you will need to update your postal service. And, to do that, you will need to change your address. However, unlike before, you don´t need to physically visit the local post office to change your address. You can go online to, USPS.com, and get your address changed.